It has been 421 Days since Booster Gold last appeared in a DCnU comic book.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Boosterrific.com tracks a lot of things about Booster Gold. Most of the things it tracks (if not all the things it tracks) are trivial. Some of them aren't even directly about Booster Gold but how his fans interact with him.
Among the many things Boosterrific.com keeps its eye on is the list of characters in the DCU who have crossed paths with our hero. The site tracks how many "clicks" those character links get in a 30-day span. You can see the most popular in the "SITE INFORMATION & STATISTICS" box on the home page. Since I started tracking this in 2012, one unusual name in particular has almost always been at or near the top of this list. Kilg%re.
For those of you who don't know, Kilg%re is a minor Flash villain (debuting in 1987's Flash #3), an alien artificial intelligence determined to make the Earth safe for machine kind by exterminating humanity. Kilg%re was retroactively integrated into the biography of Maxwell Lord in Justice League International #12 in 1988.
Kilg%re has only a tangential relationship with Booster Gold. So why does he keep topping my click-through list? Is it because people see the name "Kilg%re" and wonder who that could be? Is there a huge Kilg%re fan group following Kilg%re's adventures online? Is it because Kilg%re has infiltrated the Internet and keeps Googling itself? I have no idea.
Every once in a while, I clear my history table, yet Kilg%re always finds his way back. Forget Lex Luthor, Joker, and Darkseid. For my money, Kilg%re is the one villain that just won't stay down.
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Steven Murphy of ScienceFiction.com has put together a likely list of suspects we might find revealed as prisoners of the mysterious Mr. Oz. (Mr. Oz has been making appearances in random DC Comics since Rebirth started. His real identity and motivations remain unknown, but he's obviously a huge fan of L. Frank Baum.)
Chief among Mr. Murphy's list of prisoners is someone who hasn't been seen in the DCnU in 418 days and counting:
Booster Gold is a favorite classic character typically paired with Blue Beetle Ted Kord. Rebirth is an event largely about bringing favorite classic characters back and while Ted has been reestablished, Booster has not. That can't be an oversight.
Sounds plausible to me. There has to be some reason DC is ignoring Booster Gold even as they continue to press forward with developing a movie for the character, right?
Friday, September 23, 2016
DC Comics Solicitations for December were released earlier this week. In the Boosterrific Forum, there has been some discussion about whether a Booster Gold guest appearance was teased for Blue Beetle #4.
The origin of Blue Beetle begins! Jaime relates the story of how he came to acquire the scarab on his back that grants him his powers and more is revealed about its magical foundation. Meanwhile, Ted Kord is tied up with a new arrival in El Paso—and wait till you see who it is! On sale DECEMBER 28
That's not a lot to go on, but it's the only title shipping in December that looks like Booster Gold even might be a fit. And if Booster doesn't show up in December, we're looking at over 500 days between appearances. Yee-ouch.
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